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  1. RFowler

    Why is my mail server being blocked?

    >>>Oh, and to Mr. Fowler....I take back the "rantings" comment.. No problem. I was a little angry, it was my fault. :-)
  2. RFowler

    Why is my mail server being blocked?

    >>>Would you use the phone if you had to listen to a 10-second brothel advertisement every time you made a call? This is what spam is likened to most! How come 90% of the email that is sent to us is spam, yet I successfully block it and delete it. Without losing any legit emails? I could not properly congfigure a mailserver if you put a gun to my head but I can manage to block spam. >>>If email is important to you get a competent email provider and stop trying to kill the messenger which is all SpamCop is I am not trying to kill spamcop, just make it so they don't punitively punish hundreds or thousands of people because the thresholds are too low. >>>NEVER AUTOMATICLY ACCEPT AN EMAIL ADDRESS YOUR ISP FORCES ON YOU! I manage a few dozen domains, I choose the addresses. Nobody forces me to take an address. >>Uh oh....the Canadian MCI server in question has been reported again for sending UUBE: Submitted: Friday, September 29, 2006 12:27:51 AM -0700: Undeliverable mail: Your 1oan Approval. * 1943122991 ( 142.77.1.111 ) ( UUBE ) To: uube[at]devnull.spamcop.net ....and why is it not blocked now? curious
  3. RFowler

    Why is my mail server being blocked?

    >>>>The 'funny' part of all this ... the guy that was 'in charge' of fixing the actual problem missed all this crap because it was happening 'elsewhere' .... I dont think he missed a thing. I was bringing up points that were more about the philosophy of spamcop than the "nuts and bolts" of configuring a mailserver. I realized all along that spamcop does not block anything, it is the users of the blocklist doing the actual blocking. I just feel that you are giving people a tool that is being misused all too often. I think that the misuse is what is going to lead to the downfall of this particular blocklist. My ISP at home (a large cable company) uses spamcop and I have made many complaints about the use of spamcop, I would imagine I am not the only person.
  4. RFowler

    Why is my mail server being blocked?

    >>>SpamCop FAQ Yes, I did.
  5. RFowler

    Why is my mail server being blocked?

    >>>A) The owner of the receiving server that is misusing the list of IP addresses, Done. >>>>or B ) The owner of the sending server that has allowed a misconfiguration or mismanagement issue to get it listed on the SCBL. Done. Like I said a few times over a couple of threads. I hate spam as much as the next guy but nuking the server for 24 hours is overkill and punative. It is the collateral damage that bothers me most. You guys keep deflecting blame by saying it is everybody else's responsibility when you could easily lower the thresholds for putting an IP on the block list and reducing the amount of time it is blocked. I get the concept of spamcop but look how many people come here to complain. There would be a lot more complaints if you put the link to the forums in more prominent places on the site, believe me.
  6. RFowler

    Why is my mail server being blocked?

    Ok, sure you are getting a lot less spam. But you are likely missing some real email too. Here is some of the FAQ: Q: Why me? A: It Happens to the best of us It is annoying to have your email blocked. It is also annoying to have a backhoe interrupt email service. However, until the blocking problem is resolved, you can email people through a web based email service (the most familiar web based email services are hotmail and yahoo). After you have taken care of the immediate problem of being able to communicate with someone by email, the next step is to see what can be done so this inconvenience does not happen to you again. The one thing you do not want to do is to complain to those correspondents who are using an email service that uses the SpamCop blocklist. They probably really like the reduction in spam! -------------------------------------------------------------- That first line about the backhoe is a odd thing to say. It does nothing to help somebody who is blocked. Imagine how frustrating it would be to read that? The last point is very self serving. Maybe complaining is a good idea because if they do not hear the complaint they will not look for a better block list. That is my BIG PROBLEM with spamcop. You are likely blocking more real email than you are blocking spam. Have you ever considered that? It is the old "throwing out the baby with the bathwater" approach to spam.
  7. RFowler

    Why is my mail server being blocked?

    >>>You need better lawyers looking at your contracts before you sign them. We don't want out of the contracts. There is just one problem with MCI, and that is spamcop. That problem may be fixed, we will see. I think you are a little obsessed with spam my friend.
  8. RFowler

    Why is my mail server being blocked?

    >>>If you get good service from them, ask them to fix the problem that keeps getting the server listed. I think they are working on it now. It seems they did not have enough information before I brought this forum to their attention. We can't switch. We have contracts in place. It could apparently (from reading this forum and doing research on spamcop in the web) happen to just about anyone.
  9. RFowler

    Why is my mail server being blocked?

    >>>If MCI/UUNET is providing your mail service, then yes, you are paying for the poor service you are getting. Well, its not just the mailserver we use. Its dedicated web hosting and a T1 line too. We need to deal with a big player, not just a little ISP. We do get good service.
  10. RFowler

    Why is my mail server being blocked?

    >>>(4400 out of 5700 total messages yesterday) before we started intercepting the garbage. You are known by the company you keep. You are not unique Mr. Underwood. We have the same problem here. I block and delete the spam, it is not that great an issue. I am known by the company I keep??????? I am on a mailserver with thousands of other companies, are you suggesting that I am to blame for spam because of some other unknown company? Or because MCI/UUNET (the backbone of the internet) made some error in the configuration of the mailserver? We are somehow guilty by association? This is the entire problem with spamcop. Instead of going after the root cause, spamcop lumps everybody together.
  11. RFowler

    Why is my mail server being blocked?

    >>>>Please do not write us to tell us that you have fixed the problem and ask for early delisting. The IP will delist automatically within 24 hours, if there are no new reports That is the part of your FAQ that must really piss off people. We are held hostage for 24 hours. Like the person who started this thread, he is dead in the water for a whole day. ....and constantly saying that it is not the fault of spamcop, and spamcop is not blocking email rings hollow when your business is screwed over for a day. Extracted from the hikacked Topic/Discussion at http://forum.spamcop.net/forums/index.php?showtopic=7183 .... This post and the following have been split out from that Topic .. and seeing as how the previous Topic/Discussion that this poster started has been referenced a number of times, this split out stuff will be merged back into that existing Discussion ....
  12. RFowler

    Why is my mail server being blocked?

    Unfortunately, the IP address in question here is once again ON THE SPAMCOP BLOCKLIST!!!!!! However, I am glad to see that MCI and Spamcop are on the case. Maybe now, we can get this problem solved forever. Regards, p.s. thanks Adam
  13. RFowler

    Why is my mail server being blocked?

    >>>reasonably accurate reasonably??? so possibly wrong then from senderbase (thanks for the link by the way) Volume Statistics for this IP Magnitude Vol Change vs. Average Last day 4.6 -63% Last 30 days 4.1 -89% Average 5.1 What is magnitude mean? Where on that page for this IP does it say what the volume is?
  14. RFowler

    Why is my mail server being blocked?

    >>>A large enough PERCENTAGE of messages How could you possible know what the percentage is? Where would you get the total traffic from? I realize you are not doing this personally and it is all done with an algo of some sort. Once again, I really appreciate the feedback..... and I am thrilled you now have this forum for people stuck in my situation.
  15. RFowler

    Why is my mail server being blocked?

    >>>MCI needs to clean up it's system and stop sending bounces to the forged email addresses in messages. They told me it was an issue with bounces too. Now we are getting somewhere. How many bounces are we talking about? I was under the impression that bounces can be used in a legit way, is that true?
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